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    Hi everyone ,

    Loving the forum , especially the pics of everyones dogs ! Loving seeing all the different breeds out there.

    Anyway i havent had a dog since i was in my early 20's ( a bit over 10 years ago) i grew up with two awesome golden retrievers , i love the breed but obviously they are not appropriate for an apartment!

    So i was looking for suggestions.

    I love all types of dogs but i guess i would prefer something a bit more 'manly'

    I have a pretty decent size apartment , but i also have a decent size courtyard ( around 25 sq meters)

    However there is also one other consideration , my neighbour has two small dogs ( not exactly sure of the breed, terrier X's) she adopted from rescue. They are both very sweet dogs and very well natured. We have adjoining courtyards with a gate in between so i let them use my courtyard so they have some extra space.

    So really any dog i get will have around 50sq meters outside and also two little mates to play with! But i want to make sure i get a dog that doesnt rock the boat with them.

    Sorry for the long post , and thanks for reading !

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    Greyhound!!!

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    Dachshund aka sausage dog. They so cute and small.
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    Or English Staffy
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    If you want something 'manly' and still relatively quiet, a Rhodesian Ridgeback could suit you. They are fine for apartment living provided they get the correct amount of exercise and stimulation like any dog, but they are quite laid back and good deterrents for burglars! They are good watchdogs, not aggressive, easy to train and as far as hunting breeds go are rather sedate.


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    Staffy. They're manly, but extremely loyal and sweet. They need exercise like any dog but I wouldn't say an overly massive amount like a lab or retriever. Staffies also love humans, they're cuddlers and lovers.

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    Yep I always like to recommend a staff, however I did grow up with staffies and I find them to be quite energetic at times and love a good run round the back yard but I guess youcould satisfy that at the park or somehting. Although, sometimes staffs can have dog aggression issues (and this is not always help by socialisation) and once they start the habit of fighting it can be really hard to break so that might be something to think about with 2 small playmates (they wouldnt stand a chance).

    I am not sure if you are set on a purebred or a x breed, but I also recommend trying a shelter. There will be an apartment suitable, manlyish dog just waiting to go home with you.

    I am a female and prefer the manly type dogs too. But we got our first small dog (she is almost 2 now) and she is a foxy/shih tzu x (think shih tzu build with foxy head and scruffy hair everywhere). Anyway, my point is, even my OH will happily walk her on his own because she doesn't look poncy or poofy, she is small and scruffy with 'tude (quite suitable for a man LOL) and I am sure there would be plenty similar in a shelter

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    If it's really important all the dogs get along, ideally you take your neighbour's dogs with you to choose the next dog.

    I know that at RSPCA and AWL they expect this, and they have room sized pens where all the dogs can meet and greet and play a little bit and you can see how well they get along or not. It might be a bit harder getting a puppy from a breeder though if the neighbour has their dog's vaccinations, wormers and flea control up to date, it should be ok.

    I'm a bit worried about the "manly" requirement. Does that mean you'd prefer a male dog and won't get it desexed because that would be the same as messing with your own manhood? I reckon you'd be best off with a bitch who is desexed and will worship the ground you walk on maybe. A bulldog maybe? Or a bull terrier? But it would be important to make sure that the other dogs will get along. Small terrier types often get small man (dog) syndrome and don't cope well with bigger dogs. You could get a manchester terrier and tell everyone it will grow up to be a doberman.

    You could take the quiz and see - though I think the recommendation of "Anatolian Shepherd" happens for everybody no matter what they put into it.
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    I thought he meant "manly" as in he doesnt want a dog that looks like it belongs in a handbag with a jacket and booties on LOL

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    Thnaks for all the input everyone , some good stuff to think about there.

    Lala you're right , when i said 'manly' i meant a dog that can be walked by me and not look like its my g/f's

    In saying that though i still love small dogs.

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    a dog that can be walked by me and not look like its my g/f's
    Some of us down at our local dog park are evil. One lady who has two SWF (small white fluffies), said she thought that the guy over there, with another SWF, must be *** because he has a "girl's dog". I asked the lady who normally walks her dogs... her husband, the big policeman, of course. He's a big fierce softy but definitely not ***.

    It really is up to the bloke holding the lead to be manly. It's got nothing to do with whatever is at the other end of the lead. Worst comes to worst... what could be more manly than having a gf (who has a dog). I'm thinking it can be a bit like the cars - ie the size of the car engine is in inverse proportion to the size of the man(hood) driving it.

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